Posts Tagged ‘heavy d’

Take It Personal – Pete Rock Tribute & Interview

Saturday, March 10th, 2018

Episode 24 was an idea we had for a while. We all said Pete Rock deserves a proper tribute, so we’re proud to finally present the first of two installments of this Soul Brother #1 tribute. If you had asked us a little over a year ago when we started Take It Personal, that we’d have two of the greatest producers of all-time as our guests, we wouldn’t have believed it. This is truly a case of dreams becoming reality. It was an honor celebrating Pete Rock’s distinguished catalog and even a bigger honor having him as a guest on our show. We talk with Pete about Heavy D, DJ Premier, De La Soul, Dilla, Redman, Kanye all the way to his top 5 producers. He shared his thoughts on drumless beats these days. We even get the answer to a possible CL Smooth reunion. Please join us as we celebrate one of the greatest producers to ever do it – Pete Rock!

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A Bunch of Niggas

Wednesday, January 27th, 2016

It’s crazy that 3 outta 6 rappers featured on “A Bunch of Niggas” are no longer with us. RIP Heavy D, Biggie & Guru.

Heavy D – A Bunch Of Niggas feat. 3rd Eye, Biggie Smalls, Busta Rhymes, Guru & Rob O (prod. Jesse West)

Another Heavy D, Biggie & Pac collabo, again 3 gone. Easily the one of the best collabs that ever featured these greats.

Eddie F. – Let’s Get It On feat. Heavy D, 2Pac, Biggie Smalls, Grand Puba & Spunk Bigga

Rastas & Rappers (50 Tracks)

Wednesday, February 12th, 2014

Reggae and hip-hop have always had a good relationship. Below you’ll find 50 tracks put together by Philaflava’s own Peanut Butter for your listening pleasures. There are 2 parts to this mix, so be sure to download both files. –Philaflava

Part 1:
1. Super Cat & Heavy D- Dem No Worry We
2. Gyptian & Nicki Minaj- Hold Yuh (remix)
3. Damian Marley & Nas- Road To Zion
4. A$AP Ferg, Busta Rhymes, Migos & Shabba Ranks- Shabba (remix)
5. Eve, Damian Marley & Stephen Marley- No, No, No (remix)
6. KRS-One, Mad Lion, Fat Joe, Jeru The Damaja, Smiff N Wessun & Doug E. Fresh- 1, 2 Pass It
7. Noreaga, Capone & Wayne Marshall- Anything Goes
8. Super Cat & Method Man- Scalp Dem
9. Mavado & Busta Rhymes- So Blessed (remix)
10. Snoop, Mavado & Popcaan- Lighters Up
11. Grand Puba & Shaggy- Why You Treat Me So Bad
12. Shyne & Barrington Levy- Bad Boys
13. Foxy Brown & Sizzla- Come Fly With Me
14. KRS-One & Shabba Ranks- The Jam
15. Brand Nubian & Red Foxx- Black Star Line
16. Bounty Killer & Raekwon- Warface
17. Super Cat, Junior Reid & Busta Rhymes- Change Just Like The Weather
18. GURU, True Master & Ini Kamoze- Medicine
19. Buju Banton & Cam’ron- Sweetness
20. Ice-T & Black Uhuru- Tip Of The Iceberg
21. Cormega & Vybz Kartel- Dangerous
22. T.I. & Beenie Man- I’m Serious
23. Damian Marley & Black Thought- Pimper’s Paradise
24. Bounty Killer, Big Noyd & Mobb Deep- Deadly Zone
25. DMX, Sean Paul & Mr. Vegas- Shottas

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Pick Your Favorite Q-Tip Collaboration

Thursday, October 10th, 2013

Let’s face it, Tip has been around for along time so this list could easily be as long as Schindler’s. I took the liberty of narrowing it down to make the decision process a tad easier on you guys.

Pick your favorite collabo that appears in poll listed below. OpJay has also created a 60+ Q-Tip playlist featuring production all the way to the best Q-Tip features. It includes music from Mobb Deep, Janet Jackson, Organized Konfusion, Cypress Hill, Stevie Wonder, R.E.M., Run-DMC, The Black Eyed Peas, Slum Village, Stanley Clarke, Mos Def, Beastie Boys and The Brand New Heavies to name a few. Check it out and vote wisely.

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Dropped Same Day: Ahmad / Beastie Boys / 8Ball & MJG / Heavy D / Jeru

Tuesday, April 16th, 2013

And ya don’t stop. This time around we’ve got Mr. Back in the Day, the Sabotage boys, a couple players on their night out,  the boyz with Nuttin’ But Love and the prophet. As the groups continued to put out records, a couple new solo artists stepped onto the scene to start their careers.

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Tuesday, May 24th, 1994.

Five LPs: Ahmad‘s first, by way of Giant / Reprise / Warner Bros., The Beastie Boys‘ fourth, through Grand Royal, Eightball & MJG‘s second, off Suave House, Heavy D & the Boyz‘ fifth, via Uptown and Jeru the Damaja‘s debut, on PayDay.

Pick your favorite and / or the best album, doesn’t matter.

Check other posts in the Dropped Same Day series here.

And feel free to state your case, leave corrections or post additional match ups you would like to see in the comments below.

— The Big Sleep

R.I.P. Heavy D

Tuesday, November 8th, 2011

We lost a boxing legend yesterday and today we lose a hip-hop legend.  His last Tweet “BE INSPIRED.”

Super Saturdays: Posse Cuts (Boot Camp, Shyheim, Chubb Rock, Heavy D & Bas Blasta)

Saturday, November 20th, 2010

If you’re like me, you have a weakness for posse cuts. There is something about the pairing of different emcees together that always sparks my interest. Sometimes the collaborations are immaculate, sometimes in-congruent but many times they’re just flat out intriguing.

Posse Cuts can create careers in just 16 bars. Verses become memorable, some undeniable classics like Kane on The Symphony, Busta on The Scenario or even Prodigy on I Shot Ya (Remix). These records define an era. When an emcee went for theirs. When there was no last-minute editing so you don’t get out shined on your own shit. If you did, you did back then. Friends, favors and fun. That is what made up the posse cuts of the 90s. Whether you were label mates, crew members, weed carriers or just fans of a specific artists you reached out because you wanted to create something, not sell a record.

After the jump are 5 tracks that capture everything that you’d could ever want from posse cut. No these aren’t the greatest of them, some are truly great though. These are 5 unique posse cuts that remind you just how much fun hip-hop can be.  (more…)

The T.R.O.Y. Blog Presents: Funk-O-Rama V4

Thursday, September 2nd, 2010
Installment number 4, more to come. Stay tunned.
** dirt_dog on the covers


01. Main Source – Fakin’ The Funk
02. Chi-Ali – Funky Lemonade
03. Casual – Follow The Funk
04. WC And The Maad Circle – Get Up On That Funk
05. Cypress Hill – The Phuncky Feel One
06. Godfather Don – Ill Funk Freaker
07. Heavy D & The Boyz – Chunky But Funky (Remix)
08. Digital Underground – Nuttin’ Nis Funky
09. Big 50 – Funk Flow
10. Funky Trend – Funky Commercial Break
11. Funkdoobiest – The Funkiest
12. Whodini – Five Minutes Of Funk

Freshly Ripped From The Crates

Monday, February 16th, 2009

After finally figuring out how to rip from Vinyl to Mp3, I started ripping a few rarities from my own collection. I will be posting a few 12″s from now on focusing on VLS that haven’t been ripped on any other blog. Let me start by reviewing these 3 12″s that I will share with you. Oh, if you want to start ripping 12″s, just buy this cable from RadioShack, you don’t need to buy a usb turntable if you already got the ones and twos…

A1. Daily Basis (Radio Edit)
A2. Daily Basis (Uncut Version)
A3. Daily Basis (Instrumental)
A4. Daily Basis (Clean Acappella)
B1. Street Life (Daily Basis Remix) (Radio Version)
B2. Street Life (Daily Basis Remix) (Uncut Version)
B3. Street Life (Daily Basis Remix) (Instrumental)

My first treat comes straight from the land of Brooklyn, NY. The Ranjahz , consisting of duo Haph & Wais, released their first wax in 1996. The A-Side(Called Troy Ave. Side) features four versions of “Daily Basis”, a track produced by legendary Big Jaz. The B-Side (Called Utica Ave. Side) is the remix version of Daily Basis titled “Street Life”. While it’s titled as a remix, it features new lyrics as well as a new beat by DJ Clark Kent. Both tracks were recorded at D&D Studios. The Ranjahz would later get a deal with Roc-A-Fella and be part of Team ROC. They would also drop their first album in 2003 titled “Who Feels It Knows”.

A1. Reality (It’s Clean)
A2. 360° (Circles Remix / Clean)
A3. 360° (Circles Remix / Dirty)
A4. 360° (Instrumental)
B1. Circles (Clean)
B2. Circles (Instrumental)
B3. Softest Nigg*s In N.Y. (Clean)
B4. Softest Nigg*s In N.Y. (Dirty)

This next single is from 3rd Eye Aka Jesse West. It was released on Sure Shot Recordings in 1997. The first track is titled “Reality”, it’s my favorite track of the four. It samples the first part of Bob Marley’s Burnin & Lootin’. The energy 3rd Eye brings on the track is incredible! The next track is 360°. You can hear 3rd Eye sampling Milt Jackson’s Enchanted Lady, same sample from Large Professor’s Ijuswannachill. Both of these tracks were featured on 3rd Eye’s solo album “Planets” though. Next we have the exclusives that weren’t released anywhere except on the 12″. Circle is another great laid-back track. Then you have “Softest Nigg*s In N.Y.”, a hard grimey N.Y. type of hip-hop song. It features duo 730 and additional verse by 3rd Eye.

A1. Mary J. Blige – (You Make Me Feel Like) A Natural Woman
B2. Herb Mcgruff – I Know We Can Do It


Here’s a promo 12″ that was released to promote the soundtrack of New York Undercover. It has one track on both sides; an RnB one and a hip hop one. The A-Side features a cover of Aretha Franklin’s “(You Make Me Feel Like) A Natural Woman” done by Mary J. Blige. It is produced by Jason Mtume. Now, the b-side is the reason why I bough this 12″. It features Harlem’s Herb Mcgruff on his first solo appearance on wax in “I Know We Can Do It”. It is produced by Mcgruff’s mentor Heavy D as well as co-produced by Bad-Boy heavyweight Easy Mo Bee.

— Thomas V

Livin’ Large

Monday, November 3rd, 2008

If you dismiss Heavy D. as only being the guy who rapped the In Living Color theme song, then you are doing yourself a disservice. The Money earnin’ Mount Vernon native, along with the Fat Boys, made it possible for fatties everywhere to gain respect for their talent rather than their smooth looks, as evidenced on funk strong songs like Chunky But Funky, The Overweight Lover’s In The House, and Overweighter, the latter which samples ABC by the Jackson 5.

But it’s not all about the calories – this is just a pure fun party album, much in the vein of lighthearted fare like Nice and Smooth’s debut. Cuts like On The Dance Floor, Mr Big Stuff (remix), and Moneyearnin’ Mount Vernon will put a smile on your face thinking about how rap used to be. Producers include Teddy Riley (who along with Heavy D helped usher in the New Jack Swing era), Marley Marl, and Al B Sure.

One more thing – I’d be remiss in not mentioning the name of this blog comes from Pete Rock and CL Smooth’s dedication to Trouble T Roy, one of Heavy D’s dancers who died on tour in 1990. RIP

1) “The Overweight Lovers in the House”- 3:34
2) “Nike”- 2:00
3) “Chunky But Funky” (Remix)- 3:57
4) “Dedicated”- 4:10
5) “Here We Go”- 3:43
6) “On the Dance Floor”- 2:59
7) “Moneyearnin’ Mount Vernon”- 3:32
8) “I’m Gonna Make You Love Me”- 2:12
9) “Overweighter”- 3:15
10) “I’m Getting Paid”- 3:29
11) “Rock the Bass”- 3:44
12) “Mr. Big Stuff” (Remix)- 3:23
13) “Don’t You Know” feat. Al B. Sure